The day to day operation of Restless Development is led by our Senior Leadership Team which is comprised of our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and 5 International Directors.
Nik Hartley is the CEO of Restless Development – a global leader in placing young people at the forefront of local and global development processes.
Nik is a qualified development educationalist, with two decades of both hands-on and executive leadership in youth-focused and youth-led programming and policy-influence. Nik has lived and worked alongside young people in southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for extensive periods of his adult life.
“I simply love that we have never let go of the fact that whatever the ambition, challenge or request, we have set out to prove that young people can; every person who joins as a volunteer or staff member, over delivers time and again. And through that the cause, to place youth at the forefront of everything, is coming to fruition”
With over a decade of experience in international development spanning Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA, Perry serves as Restless Development’s Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to Restless Development, Perry worked with at-risk youth in Nicaragua, community development in Dominican Republic, Panama and Costa Rica, and with volunteer-led development in Paraguay. Perry joined Restless Development in 2009 as the Country Director in Uganda before taking a roving consultant role on the Senior Management Team in 2011. He began his new role as COO in London in October 2012.
“My favourite thing about Restless Development is our culture. I love that we are truly a values-led agency, that we empower young people to drive our work, and that we're rewarded for all of this with the kind of serious results that allow us to influence policy & decision-making all the way up to the biggest global processes.”
James is our International Finance Director and leads the global finance team to provide efficient and value for money services.
James joined Restless Development in 2014 from KPMG having worked there for six years. After working as UK Finance Manager for 15 months, James took a year out to work in a Christian hospital in rural Zambia, before returning in January 2017 to take over as Head of Finance and then Finance Director.
"I love the 'can do' attitude of the people at Restless Development. No one is phased by anything, however big and everyone is willing and keen to get stuck into helping unleash the potential of young people."
Kate heads our Quality Assurance Unit based in London.
Having volunteered in Uganda with Restless Development in 2001, Kate joined as a staff member in 2003 working first with the Programmes and then the Finance team in our Uganda office. In 2010, Kate joined our head office as International Head of Finance before being appointed as our People and Performance Director in 2013. Since March 2017 Kate has been Director of our Quality Assurance Unit.
“The speed and agility with which Restless Development evolves is both fascinating and healthy. We have worked with several generations of young people and I am so proud to work with an agency that not only understands the changing environment in which we work, but has sufficient flexibility and structure built into it to truly address emerging issues young people face.”
Ed leads our International Programmes team based in London and Delhi.
Ed started his Restless journey as a volunteer in Uganda in 1999. From there he went on to help set up Restless Development’s operations in Zambia, where he stayed for 5 years, leading the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Team, before taking on the role of Country Director in Sierra Leone. On return to the UK, Ed became an International Trustee for Restless Development whilst completing a Masters in Development Policy and Management. He re-joined Restless Development’s leadership team as International Director of Programmes in 2012.
“I am continually inspired by Restless Development’s commitment to innovation. Our fast-paced, determined and flexible approach enables us to take risks, grab hold of opportunities and achieve impressive results.”